Showtime February 2012

imageTonic for Winter

The Hamptons art scene typically falls into a quiet slumber after the holiday season, but Tonic Artspace, a pop-up gallery in Bridgehampton, won’t sleep ‘til it’s dead. For the months of January and February, curator and artist Grant Haffner has taken the reins at Kathryn Markel Fine Art, where he is displaying original work, artist merchandise and limited edition prints by a diverse and rotating selection of emerging East End artists, including Carly Haffner, Scott Gibbons, Maeve D’Arcy, Ingrid Silva and Bruce Milne, among others. A founder of youthful and contemporary East End art collective Bonac Tonic, Haffner is known for his exciting and well-attended group shows. Tonic Artspace is the next step in this scene-maker’s evolution. The physical gallery will pop up at various locations throughout the year, while maintaining a permanent web presence and storefront at

Tonic Artspace, 2418 Montauk Hwy. (Main Street), Bridgehampton. (631) 613-6386,

imageArt of the Brick

Five recent works by famed LEGO® artist Nathan Sawaya are on display in the Nassau County Museum of Art’s Contemporary Gallery through March 18. The compelling figurative pieces, made solely of plastic toy building bricks, push LEGO® beyond child’s play and into the realm of serious artistic expression. Through his large-scale sculptures in Nathan Sawaya: Recent Works, Sawaya explores themes of identity and working within the “self-imposed prison” of his unconventional medium. The Manhattan-based artist, a former attorney, keeps 1.5 million plastic bricks in his studio at all times, and he builds commissions for private and corporate clients around the world. Inspired by Sawaya’s work, the museum is hosting Show Us Your LEGOS®, an event where young LEGO® artists are encouraged to bring in their own constructions and show them from 11am-2pm on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Drive,?Roslyn Harbor. (516) 484-9338,,

oliver peterson

Oliver Peterson, Associate Editor, writes and helps drive the visual arts coverage at Pulse. He has a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and an MFA in writing from Southampton College. He is an accomplished painter based on the East End of LI, where he lives with his wife and two dogs.